CUSTER COUNTY— While there were numerous minor accidents throughout the weekend, there were only two major accidents that took place and only one was related to the winter conditions.
The first accident occurred on Friday, November 23 when a diabetic semi-driver passed out due to low blood sugar. The driver of the semi, Coby Devenport, was driving a ‘93 Kenworth which was hauling a fully loaded livestock trailer from Adams Land and Cattle on Highway 2.
David Peterson, who was ahead of the semi, said he tried yelling over the CB radio, but was too late as the semi began cross the center line and enter the east side ditch near mile marker 66. The semi entered the ditch and rolled over to its left side and slid to a stop. When first responders arrived, police logs stated that Coby was in and out of consciousness with a blood sugar level of 23. Coby was then taken by ambulance to Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center. Adams Land and Cattle employees took care of loose and injured cattle.
The second accident that resulted in injury was related to the icy conditions and took place on Sunday, November 25. Around 4:45 P.M., a call came in that a one vehicle rollover accident occurred on Memorial Drive near the Evangelical Free Church Driveway.
The driver of the silver Ford Ranger, Roger Blakeman, told police that he and his passenger, Jason Blakeman, were headed east on Memorial Drive when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway, spun 180 degrees and entered the north ditch where the vehicle rolled once.
The vehicle came to rest in the ditch on the passenger side of the vehicle facing westbound. The Broken Bow Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the vehicle and allow both men to be removed from the pickup. Both occupants were taken to Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center, by the Broken Bow Ambulance, for treatment.